The U.S. added 223,000 jobs in May, up from 164,000 jobs added in April and 135,000 in March. The unemployment rate edged down to 3.8% from 3.9% in April.

Economists on Wall Street estimated that the economy added 190,000 jobs last month, and that the unemployment rate would remain unchanged at 3.9%.

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Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

Analysis:

  • University of Michigan professor Justin Wolfers tweets: "The economy keeps on keeping on. A 9-year recovery continues, and it's now in a pretty good place."

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Facebook Oversight Board begins hearing appeals

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The Facebook Oversight Board announced Thursday that some Facebook and Instagram users can now submit appeals to the Oversight Board for an independent review of their own content removals.

Why it matters: The board, a first-of-its-kind internet governance body, will begin hearing cases from users ahead of the U.S. election.

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2 hours ago - Energy & Environment

U.S. cities' lagging climate progress

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Reproduced from a Brookings Institution report; Chart: Axios Visuals

A just-published Brookings Institution analysis of U.S. cities' pledges to cut carbon emissions reveals very mixed results.

Why it matters: The potential — and limits — of city and state initiatives have gotten more attention amid President Trump's scuttling of Obama-era national policies.

New state unemployment filings fall to 787,000

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First-time applications for unemployment fell last week, according to Department of Labor data released on Thursday.

Between the lines: The overall number of Americans relying on unemployment also fell to a still-staggering 23 million. But there are continued signs of labor market strain, with more people shifting to an unemployment program designed for the long-term jobless.